Holy Shit! That's the smoking gun right there. Those DB loans never made any sense and were done in very unnatural ways within Deustche Bank. It was always an open question how exactly Russia funneled hundreds of millions to Trump to cultivate him, there were many different ways, but here it is in the open.
Iran has what's been described as a 'deep bench' of military brass. Most of them are veterans of the 8 year long Iran-Iraq war, or even the revolution. Soleimani's replacement Esmail Ghaani was basically doing the same job he was doing in Iraq/Syria in the countries to the East of Iran - Afghanistan & Pakistan etc. I've read that he has contacts and experience with all the major players in the theatre he'll be stepping into. He's just apparently not as charismatic.
This is actually not that weird a take. My dad had business in Iran & visited Tehran multiple times. He interacted with people involved in resistance movements (not because he was looking for them, it just happened that educated business people with money & international contacts weren't down with the hardline conservatives). Basically he always told me Iranians are mostly super chill people who are kind of dreamers, the shouty dogmatic stuff you see on TV is some other side of the culture. A lot of the older pre-Islamic stuff is still there under the surface. Like, people literally still believe in Jinns & stuff.
“Suddenly @JZarif cares about Persian culture. No one has damaged Persian culture more than the Islamic Republic — disrespecting Cyrus and holidays like Nowruz, prohibiting dancing, and putting an end to religious tolerance. Iran’s regime has defiled everything Iranians hold dear.”twitter.com
Saw this as well but doubt it, Iran would be insanely stupid to launch attacks from their own territory instead of using their proxies in Iraq, only increases the chances of Trump actually hitting targets inside Iran.
Based on Twitter reports (which should be taken with a grain of salt) it is pretty significant attack with "dozens of missiles". I suspect that will lead to further escalation.
Iran had previously specifically said that the retaliation will be from Iran and Iran will take full responsibility.
I hope this isn’t true, because Trump and his supporters will take as justification to declare war on Iran.
That would be an unpopular war, even on the right. I think Iran’s counting on Trump not being willing to risk it in an election year.
The assasination was a direct and open US military attack on a very senior Iranian military figure. Iran has been very clear and open that there would be a miltary response.It seems like an odd move by Iran. I think the world expected asymmetrical attacks and would have had some understanding of them. A direct attack like this, however, will be perceived as an additional escalation and will shift some countries views on the issue I suspect.
I mean that was clear for months. They were trying to put limpet mines on ships, killed an American contractor and attacked the Saudi oil facility. They were taking escalatory steps themselves before Trump escalated it to an extreme degree.